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Casper Area Transit lifts mask requirement for passengers and drivers

ASSIST (City of Casper)

CASPER, Wyo. — Casper Area Transit is no longer requiring passengers or drivers to wear face masks, Transit Manager Scott Dresher said Tuesday.

Dresher said that Casper Area Transit received information from the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) communicating that public transportation services are no longer required to mandate masks due to the result of a court order. A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the federal mask mandate on public transportation was unlawful, according to NPR.

Casper Area Transit said in a press release Tuesday afternoon that after the court ruling, the Federal Transit Administration issued a statement saying that the Transportation Security Administration will “not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time.”

While masks are no longer required for passengers and drivers on buses in Casper, Dresher said that Casper Area Transit is still recommending that people consider wearing them. He said that Casper Area Transit will follow WYDOT’s counsel regarding masking policy. Casper Area Transit said in the press release that masks will still be provided to passengers who want to wear them.

“If masking requirements change, Casper Area Transit will provide updates,” the release adds. “More information on Casper Area Transit Service is available at 307-235-8273 for ASSIST (door-to-door service), 307-235-8287 for LINK (fixed-route service) or the website at www.casperareatransit.org.”